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If you have mitral valve stenosis and you need surgery to treat it, you have a choice of repairing the valve or replacing it. Many things play a role in this decision. These things include whether you have symptoms or other health problems (or both), the severity of your mitral valve stenosis, the shape of the mitral valve, and the risks of surgery.
When making this decision, you and your doctor need to consider:
Generally, mitral valve repair is preferred if:
The advantages of mitral valve repair are that it:
The disadvantages of mitral valve repair are that:
Valve replacement surgery might be done if the valve is damaged beyond repair. Replacement might also be considered if you are already going to have another type of heart surgery.
Other Works Consulted
Nishimura RA, et al. (2014). 2014 AHA/ACC guideline for the management of patients with valvular heart disease: A report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines. Circulation, published online March 3, 2014. DOI: 10.1161/CIR.0000000000000031. Accessed May 1, 2014.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerRakesh K. Pai, MD - Cardiology, ElectrophysiologyMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerJohn A. McPherson, MD, FACC, FSCAI - Interventional Cardiology
Current as ofDecember 6, 2017
Current as of:
December 6, 2017
Rakesh K. Pai, MD - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & John A. McPherson, MD, FACC, FSCAI - Interventional Cardiology
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